Wednesday, March 11, 2009


The following exchange occurred at the Hotel Anatole, where there was a conference, and the participants were wearing badges that said "WE WILL." I read a guy's name-tag (a bit stalkerish, I know) as he walked by...

Me: Hey Jim! Jim!
Jim: (as he was looking through his cell phone) Yeah? (perplexed)
Me: What will you do?
Jim: Excuse me?
Me: Your tag, it says "We Will." What will you do? Or y'all do?
Jim: We will change the world!
One of the guys at my table, Jeff: How?
Jim: (pause) Same day vaccinations!

We later found out Jim was full of crap. We asked another guy wearing a name tag and he said they were at a Sales Conference, and it was their cheesy them. My table had a good laugh trying to figure out what the heck "same day vaccinations" meant... whether it was for children or animals or something else. I gave Jim made props for his keen wit and ability to think on his feet.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

16 Things About Annie Ann

Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 16 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you.
At the end choose 16 people to be tagged, listing their names and why you chose them.
You have to tag the person who tagged you.

1. I have a new found obsession with "The O.C." Well, maybe it isn't new, but reclaimed. And I'm not afraid to tell the world. I'm holding out for some used copies of seasons three and four.

2. Along with number one, I tend to have an affinity with trashy t.v. If I had cable and even an antenna, I'd waste so much time watching things that include (but aren't limited to) America's Next Top Model marathons, Sheer Genius, Project Runway, 90210, American Idol, One Tree Hill, and Gossip Girl.

3. I really like argyle. I wish more people wore it and wore it regularly.

4. I have an obsession with couples that are supposed to be together ending up together, and I don't like it when things end without the intended reconciliation. Think Ross and Rachel, Seth and Summer, Luke and Lorelai, Jack and Kate, Ron and Hermione... I know I'm just living vicariously through these characters.

5. With that said, I hate what rom-coms have done to this world. It has given us all unreal expectations of relationships and men. A girl I just met shared a most enlightening and convicting thing in conversation just this past week. It was something I heard before but it still made my heart soft. She stated how beautiful she thought dancing was, at it reflects best the way God intended relationships to be: a man leading a woman, and a woman learning to follow. It was such a simple and beautiful reflection on God's plan for relationships.

6. I've never been happier in a job for the amount of time that I've been happy at my current job. I have hope that I have found the right place for me to grow.

7. My friend Kristy is responsible for my nickname of "Annie Ann." It was the product of confusion when I revealed that my middle name was "Ann." She was unaware that my first name is actually Valeria. Oddly enough, my boss calls me "Annie Ann" on a semi-regular basis without any knowledge of this foundation.

8. I have an obsession with my name. I find myself jealous when I meet other girls named "Annie" because I feel like they're trying to steal my thunder. I also once googled for songs with my name in the title, downloaded them, and put them on a CD.

9. I'm more self-absorbed than I tend to let on.

10. I have the greatest friends in the world. And I'm not biased.

11. I think Oreos are the greatest cookies known to man.

12. I like to alphabetize things. It makes me feel a sense of order. I also have to have the microwave timer and the volume set to multiples of five.

13. I like knowing if a guy can grow facial hair. But the five o'clock shadow is my favorite look. It makes me think, "now that's a man."

14. I'm boy crazy, which isn't a surprise to anyone here, I'm sure.

15. One of my favorite things to do is roll down the windows, open the sun roof, and sing along with music as loud as possible while I drive. This enjoyment increases exponentially with every friend in the car with me.

16. If *NSYNC were to reunite, I would spend any amount of money to see them in concert one more time. Even though Lance is gay.

1. Amy, Cara, Katy, Martha, and Richie - because they tagged me.
5. Sara, Heather, and Kelsey - because they already did it.
9. Benj, Justin, Graham, Natalie, Jim, and Linda - because you can't NOT tag the Poctas
15. Michelle and Lindsay - because I miss them.
17. Erin - because I want the entire Plex included

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Whataburger Can Make Your Day

Today I ran by Whataburger for my day-off treat to pick up some lunch for my roommate and me. Usually, Whataburger in and of itself is plenty for a brief happy moment, but today I was granted a day's worth of happiness. I'll leave you with the dialog exchange from the drive-thru:

I pulled up to the window to see a woman standing there with our food, ready to hand if off. I asked for some ketchup, pepper, and sweetn'low. From there a guy, the manager I presumed, looked over her and said:

Manager: Have you played in movies?
Me: No, no I haven't.
Manager: You look like you have.
Me: comedic hair-toss Why thank you!
Manager: Shake it girl.

Thank you, Whataburger, for adding some calorie free sweet talk to my caloric festivities.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

On Vacation I go...

I'm off to Philadelphia until Monday. I'll get to spend two fun-filled days in New York, as well. I'm quite excited about my first adventure to the Northeast. Hopefully I'll have a nice update when I return.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

On the hunt

So I received word that my Supervisor is officially leaving for a new position in the agency. With that, I have accelerated my job hunt. I officially applied for three jobs tonight, with the anticipation of applying for two to three more before the week is up. Any prayers are greatly appreciated while I attempt to make a new transition in my life. This will truly be a time to trust in God with my future. Let's hope I can do this, because...

Things have been somewhat hard lately. It's so difficult for me to relinquish the reins and let God take control. I seek out my own ends to a means instead of trusting God to provide for me, and this is in multiple aspects of my life. I let me emotions get the best of me, which results in venomous thoughts that often become venomous words. I don't like where my heart is most of the time, yet my conviction is not resulting in true repentance. It's hard.

I let my heart get too involved in things of this world. I let myself get too wrapped up in desire. I let my sin overwhelm me without turning away. It's hard.

I struggle with where God has me at this very moment. I'm struggling with my job. I'm struggling with my contentment with singleness. I'm struggling with my hunger to grow. It's hard.

It's amazing how much I think of myself in all this, all the while. There are people suffering far greater than I am, and who can even say I am truly suffering? My selfishness radiates in every aspect of my life. I don't come to people's aid. It's hard.

But God is good. How can I remember this?

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Good Dreams are Really Bad

I recently messaged a good friend of mine and informed her, "I had a bad dream last night." I proceeded to tell her the Cliff's Notes version of my dream, which in actuality was full of good, wonderful things. She questioned me saying, "that's a bad dream?" My retort... "Yeah, because it wasn't real." It's just such a bittersweet feeling to wake up from this short glimpse of what your subconscious reveals. How can this be classified as something good if you're so disappointed when you wake up? It isn't truth. It isn't real. It's just a plethora of random thoughts tied together; sometimes revealing something you want; sometimes revealing a garble of things that are just really weird. Good dreams are really bad.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Two Fleshes Unite

So it's official. I have been united with another's flesh. This past Monday, around 2:00pm my Orthopedic Surgeon binded my femur and fibula with allograft - tissue from a cadaver. The scope procedure revealed my ACL was completely detached from my femur. The MRI and initial scoping of my tissue provided the illusion that my ACL was somewhat in place, but in actuality, it was just laying on the bone. But God bless modern technology. My surgeon was able to attach a new ACL to my bones, and the screws should dissolve in a few years' time. I begin Physical Therapy tomorrow and have already slightly weaned myself off of crutches. I should be able to run in three months time, but I cannot play sports for another six months (bummer!). I appreciate everyone's concern, prayers, and well wishes. The road is long, but the results are a blessing! Thanks friends!